16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Jesus spoke in parables so that only those hungry enough to come to him and to ask for explanation understood in full. In the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry he was headed to the Cross so it wasn’t time yet for the multitudes to hear, believe, and be saved. While the multitudes heard Jesus teach and preach, they seldom understood the full meanings of his messages. Their spiritual blindness needed to remain until after Christ was crucified as the Lamb that was slain.
It should not be surprising to us then that the twelve often came to Jesus after his teachings asking for explanations of what he said. Notice with me that Jesus did not rebuke them but told them that it was important for them to see and to hear with understanding. The disciples of Christ were the ones who were going to forsake him temporarily in the Garden of Gethsemane but would return to him with fullness of faith after his resurrection. They were the ones who were going to speak the truths of God with clarity and power in other languages on the Day of Pentecost. Peter was going to preach messages about Christ that brought thousands to faith in him.
How does this affect us today? Our Lord has given us his teachings and he has given us his Holy Spirit to bring his teachings to light and understanding. He has given us the faith to believe in Him and in his teachings. With the indwelling Spirit of God we now read the parables and their explanations and our faith increases, our understanding of the kingdom of God broadens, and we are better equipped to live in this life to the glory of God. Our Lord still says to us today: “But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear.” Let us make the Word of God our daily bread, our sustaining drink, and that which continually builds up our faith and power in Him.
We were not able to go to Victory this year for our annual camp-out. In lieu of this we are going out to a farm in Leland this Friday afternoon and evening to shoot, ride horses, and grill out. All are invited. If you can make it, just let me know so we can have enough food to go around. We will be leaving the church at 11:00.
Have a great day in the Lord,